Who doesn’t love cake?? This perfect-for-one dessert recipe has a twist, though — it’s actually good for you. If you’re like me, you’re very intrigued at the idea of adding black beans to something chocolate-y, but I am here to tell you that one weird ingredient doesn’t keep this from being my new go-to evening splurge.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of Lori Zanini’s other recipes, but this one totally lives up to her reputation of delivering big taste without sacrificing your health. If you don’t already have her cookbook check it out!
Chocolate Mug Cake with Strawberries
• ¼ cup black beans
• 1 tablespoon old fashioned or quick cooking oats
• 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
• 2 teaspoons maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
• 1 teaspoon canola oil, plus more for greasing the mug
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon baking powder
• 3 strawberries, sliced
1. In a blender, combine the ingredients and process until smooth.
2. Pour into a lightly greased coffee mug.
3. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Start with 1 minute, and continue 30 seconds at a time until it is firm in the center.
4. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the mug.
5. Serve, topped with strawberry slices.
Nutrition Info (1 cake)
Calories: 146; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 324mg; Carbs: 29g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 6g
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When I was sent this week’s challenge for Meatless Monday, I immediately went on the hunt for great meal ideas. I am pretty obsessed with this vegan taco salad with creamy cilantro lime dressing (oh yeah!) from Nutrition By Kara. Not only is Kara’s recipe meatless — it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and has no added sugar. Kara’s a nutritionist, so she knows what she’s talking about when she says it’s full of clean, plant-based protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K.
Vegan Taco Salad Ingredients:
• 3/4 bag organic arugula
• ½ 15.25oz can organic corn (no sugar added)
• ½ 15oz can organic black beans
• ½ 3.8oz can sliced black olives
• 1 large handful sliced organic mixed tomatoes
• 1 cubed avocado
• 1 almond flour tortilla (you can find these at Whole Foods)
Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:
• 1 cup soaked cashews
• 3½ tbsp olive oil
• 1 lime
• 3 tbsp pure water
• ½ tbsp cilantro leaves
• 1/8 tsp sea salt
• pinch of black pepper
I love any side dish that can make your main course seem even more exciting. I also love the way Lori Zanini has created such delicious recipes that never make me feel like I’m missing out because I’m eating healthy.
This Mexi-Cauli Rice recipe is beautiful, tasty and good for you — the recipe trifecta! Plus, it’s a snap to make. Let’s get cooking!
Serves 4 (½ cup each)
Prep Time:: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
• 3 cups cauliflower florets
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ cup diced onions
• 2/3 cup sliced tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
• Juice of ½ lime
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
I love everything about the way Lori Zanini approaches health and wellness — especially in the kitchen. Her recipes are so fabulous your whole family will be impressed, and so beautiful you’ll feel like a professional chef.
As a registered dietitian, Lori really knows her stuff. She loves helping people discover that eating healthy food doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste! Seriously my kind of girl.
I’m excited to share this recipe with you guys, and please let me know if you try it.
This recipe originally appeared in Lori’s cookbook, Eat What You Love Diabetes Cookbook
Serves 4 (2 cups salad + 1 shrimp skewer each)
Prep Time: 15 minutes + 10 minutes to marinate
Cook Time: 10 minutes
FOR THE CROUTONS
• 4 slices high-fiber whole-grain bread
• 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 large garlic clove, peeled and halved
FOR THE SHRIMP
• 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
FOR THE SALAD
• ¼ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled
• 8 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
• 1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Certified nutritionist and all-around awesome person Kara Stout sent in her recipe for this gorgeous Starshine Smoothie Bowl. Just look at it! Without even knowing what was in it I knew immediately that I wanted to make and eat it.
Kara says, “Smoothie bowls can add a ton of health, flavor and fun to your morning routine! This Starshine Smoothie Bowl is sure to get your day started on the bright side. It’s delicious and full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats. It’s also dairy-free and sweetened with the natural sugar found in the banana. The fresh lime juice, greens and cilantro help to detoxify the body, and the flaxseed provides omega-3s, protein and lignans (polyphenols). Also, the superfood maca boosts the immune system, increases energy, improves focus and can balance hormones.
“Another benefit of smoothie bowls is getting creative with different toppings! This adds to the enjoyment of your breakfast in the mornings and hopefully gets you excited to start your day on a healthy note and continue making healthy choices throughout the day.”
I love this recipe and I think you will, too!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my sister Marabeth knows how to throw a party! A few weeks ago, she and her girlfriends got together for a Pizza and Pajama Party — but because we’re talking about Marabeth, you know they took things to the next level.
Rather than ordering delivery or popping some frozen pre-made pies in the oven, the ladies created a pizza bar complete with all the fixings to make their own personal slices of yum.
Not only is their pizza bar concept way more fun, it is a much healthier route to stuffing your face with pizza since you control the portion size by rolling out as little or as much crust and cheese as you prefer before piling on fresh veggies.
I mean, it’s basically a salad bar! But better.
When I came across this recipe from Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is I practically fell out of my chair. Can we talk about this for a second?? Warm and fluffy cobbler with juicy berries and plump pomegranate seeds, topped with ice cream? Sign. Me. Up.
The splashes of ruby red makes this pretty dish almost too good to eat — but let’s not be ridiculous. If your crew is anything like mine, it might not even make it to the plates. Somebody hand me a spoon!
My sister Marabeth and her girlfriends are always getting together to do fun and creative activities. I’m having serious FOMO from their latest get-together, where they did a sweet twist on an ordinary potluck. The hostess had sugar cookie dough on hand and asked everyone to bring their favorite cookie ingredients. Together they made combinations of cookies to enjoy warm out of the oven and package-up for friends and family. What ingredient would you bring to this party? I’m partial to the holiday M&Ms…
I’ll let Marabeth tell you how they made their delicious “Christmas Bars.” Let me know if you try them at home!
My girlfriends and I had so much fun making these simple Christmas Bars! We had everyone bring their favorite cookie ingredients to make a fun new creation together and share! It was a blast!! I bought my sugar cookie mix already packaged, but if you want to make yours from scratch I’ve included a recipe below. We added white chocolate chips and M&M’s. It was so super easy — and even more fun!
Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe:
• 1 1/2 cups of softened butter
• 2 cups of white sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
How can the same dish be both spicy and cool, you ask? Executive Chef Yousef Ghalaini of Fig at the Fairmont Hotel here in Santa Monica explains that it’s all about the spices — Vadouvan and Calabrian chili, paired against the cool sauce — cucumber yogurt with mint. This recipe is great as a side dish or entrée for a vegetarian night. This can even be made vegan if you omit the yogurt.
I can’t wait for you guys to try this. It’s totally going to up your kitchen game!
I look forward to the festive holiday season all year long. While traveling, gift giving, and perfecting passed down recipes can be so much fun, it can also be kind of stressful. Stressful situations make our immune system weaken while they’re working overtime. There’s nothing sadder than being sick over the holidays, so I like the idea of warming up and chilling out with this delicious tea that will keep you healthy throughout the season.
Ayurveda Practitioner Lois Leonhardi explains that Tulsi tea (also called “Holy Basil”) has been used by ancient cultures for its healing and rejuvenating qualities. Rich in antioxidants, it supports your immune system and digestive system. It’s naturally caffeine free so sipping the tea daily can help you feel — and even look — better.